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Mod is a subculture that began in London in 1958 and spread throughout Great Britain and elsewhere, eventually influencing fashions and trends in other countries, and continues today on a smaller scale. Focused on music and fashion, the subculture has its roots in a small group of stylish London-based young men in the late 1950s who were termed modernists because they listened to modern jazz. Elements of the mod subculture include fashion (often tailor-made suits); music (including soul, rhythm and blues, ska, jazz, and freakbeat); and motor scooters (usually Lambretta or Vespa). The original mod scene was associated with amphetamine-fuelled all-night dancing at clubs.

Mod Revival

Mod revival was a music genre and subculture that started in England in 1978 and later spread to other countries (to a lesser degree). The mod revival's mainstream popularity was relatively short, although its influence lasted for decades. The mod revival post-dated a Teddy Boy revival, and mod revivalists sometimes clashed with Teddy Boy revivalists, skinhead revivalists, casuals, punks and rival gang members.

Fashion

Feminine

  • Straight or A-line dresses worn above the knee in fabrics that hold their shape
  • Geometric shift dress (example: the Mondrian dress)
  • Op Art prints
  • Bold, geometric patterns like British flags, polka-dots, and stripes
  • Mid-calf white go-go boots with pointed toes and flat heels
  • Chelsea boots
  • Mary Janes
  • Low kitten heels and flats
  • Plastic-belted trench coat
  • Knitted jersey mini-dresses with opaque and colorful tights
  • "Wet look" PVC coats
  • Skinny-rib knitted sweaters in stripes or solid bright block colors
  • Patent-leather square-toed shoes and pilgrim shoes with buckles
  • Bold white/blue/gray eye shadow applied all over the eyelid
  • White/nude lipstick or lips painted over with pale matte foundation
  • Groomed natural eyebrows
  • Thick black winged eyeliner applied all the way around the eye
  • Thick mascara or doll-like false eyelashes
  • Sheepskin coats
  • Suede/leather mini-coats
  • Dresses with low-slung, wide loops to hold a hipster belt
  • Plain or button-up A-line miniskirts worn with sandals in warmer months and knee-high boots in colder months
  • Tunic dresses worn over polo-neck sweaters
  • Ankle-length bell-bottom trousers
  • Beehive hair or short bob with bangs
  • "Five point" Vidal Sassoon haircut: a short, angular five pointed pixie cut.
  • Large plastic bracelets
  • Huge round plastic earrings clipped on the ear
  • Lucite rings with polka dots
  • Big or small boxy over-the-shoulder handbags in bright colors, or geometric designs
  • Clear/white painted almond-shaped nails
  • Peter Pan collars

Masculine

  • Tailor-made three-button black/grey/brown suits with narrow lapels, vests, and pocket squares
  • Thin ties
  • Button-down collar shirts
  • Wool/cashmere jumpers (crewneck or V-neck)
  • Chelsea or Beatle boots
  • Clarks Desert lace-up boots
  • Oxfords
  • Levis jeans, shrunk to fit
  • Slim-fit chinos or tapered trousers
  • Either a Fred Perry polo shirt or John Smedley knit polo shirt buttoned all the way to the top
  • Turtleneck
  • Green/tan parka to protect your outfit while riding on your scooter
  • Newsboy caps
  • Brightly striped boating blazers
  • Harrington jacket
  • Shaggy hair or a bowl haircut
  • Buttons from mod bands and British flag pins
  • Round glasses

Designers

Stores

Music

The British rock/Britpop band Blur played an important role in the Mod revival in the 1990s in the U.K. A Mod revival/Punk Rock band called The Jam spearheaded the Mod revival movement in the 1970's, with the head of the band, Paul Weller, often called "The Modfather."

Playlists

Movies & TV Shows

Examples of Mod movies/TV shows include:

  • Ready Steady Go! (1963 - 1966)
  • A Hard Day's Night (1964)
  • Blowup (1966)
  • Catch Us If You Can (1966)
  • Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965)
  • To Sir With Love (1967)
  • Smashing Time (1967)
  • The Touchables (1968)
  • Wonderwall (1968)
  • The Mod Squad (1968 - 1973)
  • Quadrophenia (1979)
  • The Austin Powers films (1997 - 2002)
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
  • Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries (2019-)
  • The Queen's Gambit (2020)

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